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20 best phones to gift this festive season

Last updated on: October 22, 2013 17:02 IST

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The festival season is just around the corner and so are the discounts and sales. If you want to gift your loved ones a mobile phone this year, we present devices that fit all budgets.

We have divided the budgets into five slabs and the first slab lists phones below Rs 5,000.

As the prices of the phones vary from seller to seller, we have provided a price range for each phone. But do remember that the prices fluctuate on a daily basis. If you search a little on the web, you may even get these phones lower than the market rates.

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For Budget below Rs 5,000

Samsung Galaxy Star

Price: Rs 4,742 - Rs 4,990

Galaxy Star is a dual SIM phone that comes with a 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM. Out of the box, it comes with Android Jelly Bean operating system.

The phone has a 2.9-inch display, a 2MP camera and supports 2G and Wi-Fi. The phone does not support 3G.

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For budget between Rs 5,001 and Rs 10,000

Nokia Lumia 520

Price: Rs 8,230 - Rs 8,850

This is a feature rich mid-range phone that works on Windows 8 operating system (OS). It has a 4-inch IPS display that makes the screen sharper and provides better viewing angles.

Under the hood, the phone has a 1 GHz dual core processor and 512 MB RAM. It also has 5MP camera and can record HD videos (1280 x 720).

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Samsung Galaxy S Duos

Price: Rs 9,200 - Rs 9,700

The dual SIM phone features a 1 GHz processor and Adreno 200 graphic engine. It comes with 768 MB of RAM.

Galaxy S Duos not only have a 5MP rear camera but also features a 0.3MP front camera.

It has a 4-inch screen and comes with Ice Cream Sandwich Android OS out of the box.

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Sony Xperia E

Price: Rs 7,605 - Rs 8,000

The phone comes in two variants - single and dual SIM. The above mentioned price is for the single SIM phone. Dual SIM Xperia E starts at Rs 8,390 and goes up to Rs 9,500 depending on the seller.

Xperia E single SIM comes with 1 GHz processor and 512MB RAM. The phone has a 3.5-inch display and a 3.2MP camera.

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Budget Rs 10,001 - Rs 18,000

Micromax Canvas HD

Price: Rs 13,199 - 14,899

Most users find it value for money, especially those who wish for more features at a low cost. The dual SIM phone features a 1.2 GHz, quad core processor and 1GB of RAM. It has a 5-inch HD display.

The camera at the back is 8MP and can record HD video. The front camera is 2MP.

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Samsung Galaxy Core

Price: Rs 12,700 - Rs 13,240

This is a dual SIM phone that features 1.2 GHz dual core processor and 1GB RAM. The camera at the back is 5MP and on the front is 0.3MP.

The 4.3-inch display has a resolution of 800 x 480.

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Nokia Lumia 620

Price: Rs 12,220 - Rs 14,399

Lumia 620 comes with 1 GHz dual core processor and 512MB RAM. It features a 5MP camera with flash at the back and the front one is a VGA. The rear camera can capture HD videos.

It has a screen 3.81-inch screen that’s multi-point touch and has a polarisation filter.

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Budget Rs 18,001 - Rs 25,000

Samsung Galaxy Grand

Price: Rs 17,480 - Rs 18,499

This is one of Samsung’s best-selling mid-range phones in India. It features 1.2GHz processor and 1GB RAM.

The rear camera is an 8MP and the front one is 2MP. The primary camera is capable of recording full HD videos.

Though the pixel density of Grand is low (187 ppi) Samsung has used software to enhance the display and the screen looks sharp on the 5-inch screen.

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BlackBerry Q5

Price: Rs 23,400 - Rs 25,499

For those who prefer keyboard in their phones, Blackberry Q5 is a good choice. The phone comes with 1.2 GHz dual core processor and 2GB RAM.

The camera at the back is a 5MP shooter that can capture full HD videos. The one on the front is a 2MP. As the phone has a 3.1-inch screen, the phone offers a talk time of 12 hours on 3G.

Blackberry phones also come with 1.6-year warranty compared to 1-year on all other phones.

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LG Nexus 4

Price: Rs 22,089 - Rs 24,900 (16GB internal memory)

The phone comes with restrictions such as non-removable batter and un-expandable memory; however it is still a value for money device because of the superior hardware.

It comes with a 1.5GHz quad core processor and 2GB RAM. It has an HD display that comes with Corning Gorilla glass.

The back camera is 8MP, which is capable of recording full HD, and the front is 1.3MP.

Nexus 4 also comes with whole host of sensors that’s not found on any other device in its price range, including barometer and pressure sensors.

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For budget above Rs 25000

The BlackBerry Z10

Price: Rs 26,900 - 29,900

This was Blackberry’s flagship device when the company launched its BB10 operating system. It has a 4.2-inch HD display.

The phone features 1.5 GHz dual core processor and 2GB RAM. The 8MP camera at the back can record full HD videos and the front one is a 2MP shooter.

Like its younger sibling Q5, Z10 also offers a talk time of 11 hours on 3G, and a 1.5 year manufacturing warranty.

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Nokia Lumia 1020

Price: Rs 46,807 - Rs 48,999

The phone has the best camera and no other phone can match the quality of Lumia 1020.

The rear camera is a 41MP shooter that uses Nokia’s PureView technology and also has Optical Image Stabilisation.

The phone’s has a 4.5-inch AMOLED display with lot of features such as sunlight readability enhancements, Lumia Colour Profile, PureMotion HD+, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, and ClearBlack Technology.

Under the hood, it has a 1.5GHz dual core processor and 2BG RAM.

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Nokia Lumia 925 

Price: Rs 27,559 - Rs 32,200

The phone has similar features to Lumia 1020. Lumia 925 too comes with a 1.5 GHz dual core processor and 1GB RAM.

The 4.5-inch AMOLED display has full HD screen and is protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 2.

The primary camera is an 8.7MP shooter and is made of Carl Zeiss optics and six physical lenses with dual LED flash.

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LG Optimus G Pro

Price: Rs 29,325 - Rs 34,099

Optimus G pro comes with a 1.7 GHz quad core processor and 2GB RAM. The 5.5-inch IPS display features a full HD screen that is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 2.

To power the big screen, the phone comes with 3,140 mAh battery.

Optimus G Pro comes with a 13 MP rear camera and a 2.1MP front shooter.

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HTC One

Price: Rs 47,611 - Rs 49,499

This is currently HTC’s flagship device. It is one of the best-designed smartphones available in the market.

The phone also comes with a dual SIM slots. Under the hood, it features 1.7 GHz quad core processor and 2GB RAM.

The 4.7-inch IPS display is full HD and protects the screen with Corning Gorilla Glass.

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Samsung Galaxy S4

Price: Rs 36,490 - Rs 39,500

Samsung has two flagship products - the Galaxy S series and the Galaxy Note series. Before the Note 3 launch, Galaxy S4 was Samsung’s flagship product.

It does pack some high-end hardware but the highlight of this product was the softwares bundled. Some example include pausing of video when the person looks away from the screen, live translation and several other gesture based features.

On the hardware front, the phone has two processors 1.6 GHz quad core and 1.2 GHz quad core, and 2GB RAM. It has a super AMOLED 5-inch full HD display. A 13MP camera and 2MP front shooter.

For the first time, S4 also included innovative sensors such as RGB light, temperature and humidity, and geomagnetic sensors.

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iPhone 5S

Price: Rs 53,500 - Rs 55,730 (16GB)

The two features that iPhone has brought to the smartphone world are the finger print scanner and 64-bit processor.

The finger print scanning technology helps to unlock the phone and also used in authorising transactions. The 64-bit processor takes the smartphone chips one step closer to the desktop-like processing power.

Apple also retained the megapixel count on its new iPhone 5S camera (8MP), but gave a bigger sensor to capture more vivid and low-light photography.

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Sony Xperia Z1

Price: Rs 39,490 - Rs 42,990

Two features make Xperia Z1 different from the flagship products of other companies - one, the phone comes with a 20.7MP rear camera and second, the phone is water and dust resistant.

The phone features 2.2 GHz quad core processor and 2BG RAM. It has a full HD 5-inch display.

The company claims that you can get 15 hours of talk time on 3G network thanks to its 3,000 mAh battery.

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LG G2

Price: Rs 37,999 - Rs 40,489 (16 GB)

All reviewers have one thing in common to say about LG G2 - it has the best display. The pictures and videos on G2’s screen look more natural and realistic compared to any other smartphone. The camera’s Optical Image Stabilisation is also one of the best in the market.

Hardware-wise even G2 has 2.26 GHz quad core processor and 2BG RAM just like Xperia Z1.

The phone comes with a 13MP rear camera and 2.1MP front shooter. It has has a 5.2-inch full HD display and Corning Gorilla Glass protects the screen.

LG has also shifted the buttons at the back rather than keeping it on the side like other phone manufacturers.

To switch the phone on or off and to adjust volume, the user therefore needs to use the keys located below the camera.

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Samsung Galaxy Note III

Price: Rs 44,855 - Rs 47,899

Samsung’s flagship device scores above all other smartphones in benchmark tests.

In India, the phone comes with the two processors similar to that of S4 - 1.9 GHz quad core + 1.3 GHz quad core, and 3GB of RAM.

It incorporates all the features of S4 and more. It comes with an internal memory of 32GB, which is expandable up to 64GB.

The phone comes with a 5.7-inch super AMOLED full HD display. It also features all the sensors that S4 does.

The rear camera is 13MP and the front is a 2MP shooter.


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